Miami Vice (1987) – Down for the Count Part 1 & 2

We dive into a two-parter this week that sees John Diehl bowing out of the series, wanting to pursue other options, and leave an underwritten character, that of Larry Zito behind. Airing as two parts, unlike the series opener, and season two opener, Dick Wolf penned the teleplay from a story he created with John…

Grease (1978) – Randal Kleiser

The joyous, infectious, and iconic screen adaptation of the classic stage musical is the next stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film as I return to the musical chapter of the book. Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Jaws, Star Wars, these and a few select other films were staples of the 1970s. You…

Billy Elliot (2000) – Stephen Daldry

The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of West Side Story isn’t necessarily a musical, but it definitely shares the same love of dance. Billy Elliot, which has since inspired a stage musical perfectly captures joy in dance and simultaneously juxtaposes the ordinary events of day…

West Side Story (1961) – Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins

Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins direct the film that brings me back to the musical genre in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Stephen Sondheim pens the lyrics for this Academy Award winning musical (including Best Picture) that is an updated retelling of Shakespeare’s beautiful tragedy Romeo & Juliet with Richard Beymer…

La La Land (2016) – Damien Chazelle

From its opening, marrying classical screen musical tropes and modern times, Chazelle’s film proves that not only is the big screen musical still alive, it is in fact a vibrant event. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as two Hollywood dreamers, Mia and Sebastian. She’s an aspiring actress, he’s a jazz pianist who dreams of…

Singin’ in the Rain (1952) -Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly

  For me, screen musicals don’t get any better than Singin’ in the Rain. It’s my favourite. It combines great music, with a fun look at Hollywood on the cusp of transitioning to talkies, and features some wonderful sequences and a completely charming cast in the form of Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds….

Sing Street (2016) – John Carney

  Sheer joy. There were no other words to express my experience with John Carney’s latest film. Sometimes a film comes along at just the right time in your life, and serves to reminds you of something you’ve always known but you kind of need that obvious callback. And music does that. It doesn’t matter…

Hip Hop-eration (2014) – Bryn Evans

  Opening today at the Bloor Hot Docs theater is this crowd pleasing, completely charming documentary that follows a group of seniors, some of whom are in their late nineties, as they leave their home from a small island off the coast of New Zealand to travel to Las Vegas to take part in the…

Fringe Toronto: Becoming Burlesque

Last night was the opening night, at the Al Green Theatre, for the cabaret/revue/burlesque narrative, Becoming Burlesque. Working with the Love Letters Cabaret Dancers, director and writer, Jackie English (who shares directing credit with Sebastian Marziali), brings to life a glimpse into the burlesque world, featuring scintillating¬†choreography from Pastel Supernova. The bare bones of a…

Hot Docs 2014: Living Stars (Gaston Duprat & Mariano Cohn)

Having its Canadian Premiere this¬†afternoon at the Scotiabank¬†Theatre at 1:45, this joyous mixtape celebrates life and music through that most intimate and revealing art… dance. Filmed on location in Buenos Aires, everyday folk cut loose before a static camera while family, friends and pets watch, go about their daily lives or join the party. (Sometimes…

TIFF- Short Cuts Canada Programme 3

Screening today at the Lightbox at 10pm and tomorrow at 2:45pm is the next installment of Shorts for this year’s TIFF. The first two programmes have been filled with delightful surprises and some wonderful pieces and this collection is no different featuring a variety of pieces that are stunningly beautiful to watch. We Wanted More…